HOLY REPORT FOR THE YEAR 1876 CONGRÉGATION DE NOTRE-DAME, :m:.a.:r,c:e3\ isvv. The EDITH and LORNE PIERCE COLLECTION of CANADI ANA MM***, Queeris University at Kingston F*3- HOLY J. i JL mm II iiiiiiii REPORT FOR THE YEAR 1876. CONGREGATION DE NOTRE-DAME, ^dZ-A-iaCEr, 187J7- HOLY TABERNACLE ASSOCIATION. In beginning this Second Animal Keport of our dear " Holy Tabernacle Association " we feel it to be an impe- rative duty to express our gratitude. , Yes, deep, heartfelt gratitude ; first, to God, who deigned to look with pleasure on the anxiety we felt for the neatness, the cleanliness, we dare not say, the glory of His Sacred Altars. Our un- easiness touched His Sacred Heart, and He blessed our little Association, sending us a large number of new mem- bers, consequently increasing our resources, and enabling us to extend the sphère of our beneficent charity. (1) To Him then above ail, and for ail, bc om- grateful homage. Secondly, to you dear Associates, wh -se indefatigable zeal 3 persevering charitf, love for the Eucharistie God, and de- votedness to ail that relates to His glory hâve drawn down upon our work the choicest favors of heaven. It was im- possible for the Divine Goodness to behold your activity, your constancy and not associate Himself to your efforts, so it is to your generous actions we owe His assistance, and consequently the wonderful success which this Report will fully prove. -Thanks then to you once more, and thanks to ail those who by their prayers or by their. words hâve been the helpers of our dear Association. As we hâve before said, the word of God cannot be without effect, and if He has promised so great a reward to those who, for His love, give food and sheUer and consolation to the poor, the houseless and the afflicted ; how much greater and super - abundant will be that granted to those who by their labors and their alms assist in person the Divine Mendicant of our Tabernacles ! Yes, dear Associates ! Jésus Himself stretches forth His hand to us saying : u I am in need, help me, " then raising up towards heaven that hand which you hâve filled with loving gifts, Hq says to God : cc My Father ! Thy children of earth hâve given food and raiment to Thy Son from Heaven. Bless then Thy children of earth at the request of Thy well-beloved Son. " Thèse thoughts (1) 99 Parish Churches and 12 Chapels in 17 différent Diocèses, hâve, during the course of the year 1876, received assistance from the " Holy Tabernacle Association. " force us to Write what is almost unnecessary, so well are wc aware of your excellent dispositions ; but our ardent désire to sec you reçoive a stil more abundant share of heavenly blessings, inspires us to say : Courage dear Asso- ciates; yes, courage for your own happiness 1 Courage for the prosperity of our dear Association ! Courage for the love of the Most Blessed Sacrament ! Courage for the consola- tion of the Sacred Ileart of Jésus ! And as the Immaculate Virgin so happily said to the shcpherdess of Lourdes, so we now say to you : u I promise you that God will make you happy, if not in this world, at least in the next, where alonc truc happiness is found. HEPOrçr FOR THE YE/R 1876, This year, 1876, began for the Holy Tabernacle Asso- ciation, by a séries of favors which led us to hope for the most magnificent results. In January, several kind bene- factors sent handsome New Year's gifts in the shape of silk dresses, pièces of linen and lace, and sums of money. Then, the number of our Associates and active members was con- siderably increased. Several of the first Catholic ladies in the city, anxious to fulfil the duty of good example imposed upon them by their position, most faithfully attended on the appointed sewing days, contributmg time and labor and money. His Lordship Bishop Fabre honored one of our meetings by his présence, and warmly felicitated the Asso- ciates on their zeal and persévérance. A few weeks later, came His Lordship Bishop Healy of Portland, bringing to us gifts, and blessings, and congratutations. So many marks of interest and approbation being considered évident proofs of the importance of our work, it was thonght advis- able to give to its principal and most devoted co-operators, a new title and increased favors. For this purpose the Directress of the Association having consul ted His Lordship the Bishop of Montréal, addressed to each of the Associates the following circular : TO THE PIOUS AND CHARITABLE SOULS WHO ARE ANXIOUS FOR THE SUGCESS OF THE " HOLY TABERNACLE ASSOCIATION." Gentlemen and Ladies, The great development which our " Holy Tabernacle Association " has already attained, being patronized by large numbers of the most distingaished citizens of Mon- tréal and neigbboring cities, leads us to hope that you will look with favor upon our new project, which has the spécial blessing and approbation of His Lordship the Bis hop of Montréal It is, to open, this year, a List of Extraordinary Benefactors of our Association whick is so dear to the Sacred Heart of Jésus. This title may be acquired by any person who will agrée to pay $25.00 every year for four years. In return, the Association promises to hâve the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated for them every month, as long as the Society shall be in existence. Having been so far, very sucessful, I am hopeful of meeting with the approbation of ail, and bog to subscribe myself With respect, Gentlemen and Ladies, Your very humble servant, The Directress of the H. T. A. The project was well received, for twelve devoted friends of the Blessed Sacrament at once sent in their first sub- scribtion , several others followed, and we are quite sure, . that ère long, a host of others will do likewise. While our fnnds were being thus increased, very many active and willing hands were busy multiplying the number of sacred vestments and adding to the stores of altar linen in prépa- ration to be distributed to poor churches. We should like to mention the names of a large number of membars, whose devotedness and fidelity are bsyond ail praise ; but having made for ourselves a rule never to do so, we must be silent. Besides, our dearest Lord knows them, for it is our conso- lation to repeat their names in His présence, and to ask for them a hundred fold reward. Yes, a hundred fold reward will most assuredly be given them for their loving G labors of each week ; for the trouble they take to collect subscriptions, to solicit alms, to cnlist new members, to turn to good account so many articles, which in less skilful hands, would certainly be lost. The Immaculate Mother of God will Herself pay the wages of Her dear Son's la- borers. It is not surprising that so much activity and persévé- rance produced great results. The exhibition of vestments and other articles for Church use was a magnificent proof of this. This exhibition we shall now fully describe : Several wecks previous. a notice appeared in the city catholic newspapers both French and English. The follow- ing is translated from a French paper. Exhibition at the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, June 8 1876. The- Annual Exhibition of Vestments, Altar linen and Sacred vessels destined by the u Holy Tabernacle As- sociation " for the poor churches and parishes that hâve bcen recommended to it, will be held on the 8 th., 9ih and lOth of June, in the hall of the Congrégation de Notre- Dame. This exhibition will be opened on Thursday the 8th instant at 3 P. M., when His Lordship the Bishop of Montréal will consecratc the Sacred vessels and bless the vestments. It will be closed on the foilowing Saturday, at 3 RM. The Holy Tabernacle Association is now too well known and too highly appreciated to require any long appeal in its favor. Nevertheless, we most carnestly invite those gc- nerous soûls, who are lovers of every good work, to visit this exhibition of articles for church use, where they will behold the astonishing results of the alms, the labors and the industrious and persevering economy of the devoted friends of our Lord. It will be impossible for the Catholic visitor to behold this magnificent collection of precious articles, and not hear a powerful interior voice calling for assistance for the oreater development of this splendid Association, which is specially destined to adorn the Altars of the Living God, and render them less unworthy of His Adorable Présence. The True Wiïness of June 8th said : EXHIBITION OF CHURCH ORNAMENTS, SACRED VESTMENTS, &G. The annual exhibition given by the " Society of the Ta- bernacle" ofsacred vessels, church orn amen ts, and sacred vestments, etc., will take place at the rooms of the Congre, gation of Notre Dame, St. Jean-Baptiste Street, Montreal- on the 8th, 9th and lOth of June, instant, commencing at 3 P.M., each day. The bénédiction and consécration of the sacred articles will be performed by His Lordship, the Bishop of Montréal, on the first day of the exhibition. Ail are invited to attend. The articles distributed are contributed by the members of the Society, who pay an annual fee of fifty cents, and they are destined for gratuitous distribution among poor clergymen and needy parishes, where without the assistance of this society, the Divine services would be performed in a manner unworthy of the Majesty of our Lord. In looking over the names of the members of this most worthy society, we regret that there are very few of our countrymcn ins- cribed in its ranks ; on making this remark, we were told that it was not much known among the Englishspeaking Catholics of this coantry, we regret this, and we hope that our friends will go and see the exhibition, become members of the society, and make known to their friends its useful and eminently praiseworthy objects. On the appointed day, a large and distinguislied audience were présent to witness the opening cérémonies. The Minerve having published a detailed account of the pro- ceedings, we translate from that paper : — Yesterday afternoon, the Annual Exhibition of the "■ Holy Tabernacle Association " was opened in the Hall of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, St. Jean Baptiste Street. As is well known, the object of this praiseworthy Associa- tion is to corne to the assistance of poor churches and pa- rishes, by providing them with what is indispensable for the célébration of the Divine Mysteries. On enter ing the large Hall, we were struck with the number and variety of articles exhibited. Some of the chasubles and sacred vessels are richly ornamented, ail are of finished workmanship. It would be impossible to form an adéquate idea of the im- 8 mense amount of labor, involved in the making of the alniost endless variety of vestments and altar linen which met our view. Somc were generous donations froin the proprietors of our church stores, but ail the others were made by the Ladies of the Association, or by the Pupils of the Congrégation, in this city, and in a few of their missions. At half past three, His Lordship the Bishop of Montréal entered the Hall. Notwithstanding his weakstate of health, our kind Bishop would be présent, to give still another mark of interest in an undertaking, which he had himself founded, and which is so dear to him. He was accom- panied by Révérend Canons Plamondon, Dufresne, Edmond Moreau and a large number of clergymen. Among the laity présent were His Worship Mayor Hingston, Mr. Alfred Larocque, Sr., Sheriff Leblanc and Mr. Beullac. His Lordship expressed himself highly pleased with the Exhibition. He had visited several of a like nature in Rome, and yet he had never seen so large nor so rich a collection as the présent one. He specially congratulated the Ladies who had devoted themselves to supply poor churches with what is requisitefor the célébration of Divine Service, exhorting them to persévère in their noble efforts, and remindiog them that they were continuing the Blessed Virgin's labor of love, clothing our Divine Lord as She had done during His sojourn on earth. He assured them that by fulfilling their splendid mission, they were laying up treasures for themselves in the kingdom of God, who had promised a spécial recompense to those whose charity would lead them to assist their less favored brethren. His Lordship then performed the ceremony of consecrat- iDg and blessing the Sacred articles. A choir of young ladies, former pupils of the Congréga- tion very effectively rendered a pièce of vocal music appro- priate to the occasion. Then followed an address remarkable for beauty of style and delicacy of feeling. It was read by a former pupil, in the narac of ail the Members of the Association : 9 . My Lord, In tendering our sincère thanks for the honor conferred upon us by your Lordship's présence hère to-day, we also wish to take advantage of this auspicious event to recall the humble beginnings of a work visibly blessed by Providence. In June 1866 while the Children of Mary of the Con- grégation of Notre Dame were making up altar linens for poor churches, a pious prkst sought to awaken renewed zeal in this time-honored custom by reminding his hearers of the destitute condition of some country churches, and the sad straits to which necessity often brought poor mis- sionaries ; tins taie of woe found an écho in a devoted daughter of Mother Bourgeois ; this zealous religious fully imbued with the tradition al spirit of that revered Found- ress whose one motto was u Charity " sought to exercise this heaven blessed virtue towards the Divine Prisoner who through boundless love for man, " on earthly shrines ro- mains." A plan was soon drawn up and submitted to the head of the Diocèse who lent a willing hand in this labour of love; your Lordship's blessing is a forerunner of success, the clergy answered the appeal after the Diocesan retreat, the priests were registered amongst the first members, since that the good work has spread to twenty diocèses and it reckous thirteen hundred associâtes. This glance at the last ten years reveals more than one vacancy among the earnest promoters of the Tabernacle Society. The valiant soûl who founded it, fought unto the last the good fight of the Lord's chosen ones, her heavenly Patron was that Blessed Spirit whom the church désignâtes a standing at the right hand of the altar of Incense, " This glorious archangel will hâve unfolded to the Faitful Spouse the glories of that Heavenly Home where her loving children often raise their sorrowing hearts. Some months ago a worthy successor was also called to her reward. Thèse trials may sadden us, my Lord, but they likewise strengthen the mighty bonds that bind us to the Congrégation of Notre Datne. This spécial realm of Mary has been for many the home of their youth, and for ail the guardian of our holiest traditions. 10 What pious thoughts crowd upon us, when after an interval of two centuries we can meet on the same spot where Jeanne Le Ber worked and prayed unceasingly for twenty years. Your Lordship knows full well how deeply rooted Mother Bourgeois' teachings are throughout this country : we, her favored children reap the golden harvest of filial gratitude ; family ties are not easily sundered, so amidst the world's ways, a sacred guidance seeks to remind us of hîgher aims, while pious lives and religious isimplicity are daily proofs that a Saintly Foundress bequeathed a still living spirit to her daughters. We can simply hope for a continuation of thèse good things, so we dailv pray that our Immaculate Mother, may prosper our humble efforts, that they may spread far and wide from this blessed centre the Congrégation of Notre- Dame of Ville Marie : for this purpose we turn as ever to your Lordship's spécial patronage and claim a blessing for our numerous benefactors. The Sodalists of Notre Dame des Victoires hâve always been the most indefatigable as- sistants, this décade of untiring zeal deserves a grateful mention, else we would not havè singled them out. Once more, My Lord, our heartfelt thanks are due to your Lordship, need we add that your Lordship's words of encouragement are a coveted reward. May the Sacred Heart of Jésus repay our debt of gratitude by showering upon our revered Prelate the choicest blessings. His Lordship replied in his usual happy manner, and alluding to the wishes expressed in the address, said that he too hoped the day was not for distant, when Sister Mar- garet Bourgeoys, the pious Foundress of the Congrégation de Motre-Dame, would be venerated on our altars. AH présent then repaired to the convent chapel, where His Lordship gave Solemn Bénédiction of the Blessed Sa- crament. The singing by the community choir was very fine. As it would be impossible, after our short visit to the Exhibition, to give an exact account of everything it contained, and as we are most anxious to relate the wonders worked by the " Holy Tabernacle Association, " we append a complète lût. 11 18 Candlesticks 3 Crucifixes 3 Holy Water Fonts with Sprinklers 2 Censers 9 Missals 3 Sets Altar Cards 1 Missal Stand 3 Ombrellinos 3 Ostensoriums 8 Chalices 7 Ciboriuins 5 Sets of Altar Cruets 3 Oil Stocks 12 Confession Stoles 10 Réversible Stoles 21 Bénédiction Stoles 30 Copes 80 Chasubles 2 Dalmatics 8 Bénédiction Veils 25 Barettums 13 Pyx Covers 10 Boxes for Altar Breads 21 Pyx Cases for the Sick 22 Bénédiction Burses 12 Missal Marks 10 Cases for the Sick 24 Ribbons for Tabernacle Keys 3 Burial Stoles 10 Small Candlesicks 3 Crowns for Statues 8 Tabernacle Veils 10 Ciboriura Veils 24 Amict Ribbons 6 Ostensorium Veils 18 Missal Stand Covers 2 Palis 39 Albs 36 Alb Cinctures 23 Surplices 52 Cottas 197 Amicts 312 Finger Towels 240 Purificators 151 Corporals 27 Bénédiction Corporals 35 Linen Palis 52 Altar Cloths 10 Communion Cloths 52 Stole Linens 11 Chrism Cloths 27 Towels As our Associates will, no doubt, be glad to hear who were benefitted by the treasures of the Society, we now give a complète List of the Parishes, Churches and Chapels which it was our great happiness to assist during the year 1876. DIOCESE OF MONTREAL. St. Théodore of Chertsey St Antony Abbot St. Emmelia of Energy Montawa St Stephen of Beauharnois Blessed Alphonsus St. Ambrose of Kildare St. Calixtus St. Patrick of Rawdon Sisters of Providence, City Sisters of Good Shepherd, City 12 Sniall Pox Hospital Grey Nuns of Varennes Grey Nuns of Longueuil Sisters of Providence of St. Paul St Margaret St. Donatus St. Malachy St. Damian of Brandon Brothers of St Vinc. of Paul Deaf and Dumb Asyluni St. Anastasia St. Hubert St. Basil Chapel of Our Lady of Ange Hochelaga St. Lazarus St. Telesphorus St. Monica St. Luke St. Juliana St. Sophia St. John of Matha St. Cosmas St. John Chryeostom St. Martha Huntingdon St Anicetus ARCH. DIOCESE OF QUEBEC. St. Dominick | St. Placidus DIOCESE OF THREE-R1VERS. St. Paul of Chester St. Wenceslas Christian Brothers of Artha- baska Our Lady of Mount Garmel St. Sophie of Lévrard DIOCESE OF ST. HYACINTH. St. Joachim of Shefford St. Pius St. Agatha of Beresford St. Damian Belœil Knowlton DIOCESE OF SHERBROOK His Lordship the Bishop of Sherbrook Sutton Danville The Grey Nuns Compton Coaticook Piopolis Stratford Stanstead Cookshire New- Port St. Venantius Hereford Potton DIOCESE OF OTTAWA Orignal La Passe Lake Temiskamingue, Hud son's Bay 13 DIOCESE OF RIMOUSKI St. Epiphanius Maria Nataskouan St. Paul of tho Croes Bethsiamis Magdalen River St. Francis Xavier St. Mathew Our Lady of Seven Dolors (Green Island) DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.L) Charlottetown Magdalen Islands Tignish Summerside Indian River Arichat Acadiaville DIOCESE OF ARICHAT. C. B. Pictou DIOCESE OF CHATHAM St. Louis of Kent St. Francis of Madawaska New Castle Bathurst Madawaska St. Basil's DIOCESE OF FLORIDA. Key West DIOCESE OF NEWARK N. J. Milburn DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON St. Albans DIOCESE OF OGDENSBURG Ogdensburg | Redwood DIOCESE OF COVINGTON Covington APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF KANSAS Beaver Creek ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. BONIFACE Winnipeg | Tulalipe Besides twelve small chapels, making a total of seven- teen Diocèses and Ninety-nine Parishes. 14 Our gifts were not bestowed up on ungrateful hearts. We hâve receivcd from a large number of Priests, our venera- ted and obliged récipients, letters replète with the liveliest expressions of gratitude. As they belong, by right, to our dear Associates, we shall now give a few extracts from thèse letters, sure that a knowledge of the pleasure afforded by their donations and labors, will increase their zeal and devotedness. It is so sweet to feel that we hâve donc some good, and afforded some happiness to others. Révérend Sistcr, On last Wednesday I received the parcel, which the Directress of the Holy Tabernacle Association was kind enough to forward for the paîish of St. Our gratitude is very great, and we should like to hâve the opportunity of expressing it personally to ail, who hâve had any share in this act of kindness and charity to us. The parishioners of St as well as their Parish Priest, are poor in money, but rich enough in grateful feelings to ask of God to shower down His choicest blessings on our benefactors. I remain, &o. Révérend Sister, According to your désire, I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of the parcel from the " Holy Tabernacle Associa- tion," for my poor church in Key West. May our Divine Master continue to bless your noble efforts in the holy cause of providing what is necessary for the célébration of the Adorable Sacrifice of the Altar in poor churches. Hop- ing you will believe in the sincerity of my grateful senti- ments. I remain, &c. Révérend Sistcr, I received, last week, the articles you forwarded to me for the Church of Accept my sincère thanks, and please beleive in my best wishes for the success of the u Holy Tabernacle Association." Very truly yours. . 15 My dear Sister, I hâve just received the Set of Green Vestments which I had asked for, and which was so much needed in our poor little Mission of St. Paul's. It is almost needless to say how pleased I was, and how fervently I thanked God for inspiring you with so much generosity and devotedness in coming to our assistance. I remain, &c. Révérend Sister, I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of the several articles you were kind enough to send me from the Holy Taberna- cle Association on the 24th of June last. In return, please to accept my sincère thanks for yourself, and for those pious and charitable persons who are constantly engaged in what is so agreeable to God. 1 hâve the honor to be, &c, &c. Révérend Sister, I received, in good order, the parcel you sent me. Be so kind as to présent my thanks to the good Ladies of the Congrégation de Notre Dame, Montréal, who dévote them- selves with so much zeal to provide poor Missions with what is necessarv for Divine worship. I am, with respect, Yours, &c. My very dear Sister, I am happy to acknowledge the receipt of the magnifî- cent gift which your kind community sent to one of my poor missions. Rest assured, that the first time I shall celebrate Mass with those vestments, you and your good sisters shall hâve a large share in the Mémento for the Liv- ing, in order that God may continue to provide you with means of which you make such excellent use. I remain, &c. Madam, It is with deep gratitude and great happiness that I ac- knowledge the receipt of magnificent vestments from the Holy Tabernacle Association. In return for this favor, I 16 , sliall do my utinost to make your admirable Society better kaown. Very rcspectfully yours. Heverend Sister, I received, with great pleasure, the Chasuble you sent me. It is, no doubt, blessed ; if not, please let me know before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I am truly grateful to the Society which is a source of so much good Very truly yours, M a dam, I beg to apologize for not having sooner acknowleged the receipt of what you were kind enough to send me for my missions of the Magdalen Islands. I thank you most sin- ccrely, and I shall ask of God to reward your generosity, I showed ail to my parishioners, who were astonished at the' richness of the donation. Indeed, I was far from expecting so many things which are however ail necessary. Once again, let me say how grateful I am. I hâve the honor to be, &c. Révérend Sister, It is my duty to day, to thank you in the name of the Catholics of this place for the handsome présent of vest- ments which we received from the Association of which you are the Directress. The value of thèse vestments is about one hundred and thirty dollars which is an ample proof of the excellence of the Society which you direct, and of the great assistance it renders, each year, to the poor missions ofour diocèse. Charitable persons should do ail in their pojver to assist you. Deign to accept our best wishes for the prosperity of your Association, and believe in the assurance of our lively gratitude. Very sincerely yours. T wenty other extracts might bc given but our space will not allow us. Almost every letter of thanks con tains a new request. This must encourage us to make renewed efforts. 17 Who will not be filled with zeal after reading the following éloquent appeal from a mother in favor of lier son who is a missionary priest. ïo the lady dlrectress of the holy Tabernacle Association. Révérend Madam, Having heard of the great advantages to be derived from becoming members of the Holy Tabernacle Association whieh assists poor missions, I thoughl you would be good. enough to accept of the following names and the enclosed contributions. The object of thèse Associates is to corne to the assistance of Révérend Missionary Priest on the Island of Anti'costi and part of Labrador. You will hâve some idea of the poverty and extent of his missions when I tell you that they are eleven in number, and that they extend from two hundred to two hundred and forty miles on the North Shore, including St. Margaret, Moisic, Seven Islands, &c. Of thèse eleven stations, only two hâve Chapels : Moisic and St. John, both are entirely devoid of altar linen, vest- ments and Sacred Vessels ; in a word, of every thing neces- sary for the célébration of the Holy Sacrifice -of the Mass. The poor Missionary must carry from place to place, the single white vestment which he possesses ; and travelling there, is by no means easy, for there are ne;ther horses, nor vehtcles, not even roads. In summer, he may go in a barge or on foot by the sea shore ; in winter, on snow shoes, when the snow is deep enough, or drawn in a sied by dogs, when the weather is very cold. Tt is most inconvénient to hâve any baggage. If this poor priest had a few sets of vestments, he might leave some at his principal missions, and thus travel with greater facility, but above ail, be able to treat Our Lord with greater révérence. The people on the North Shore are in a state of extrême poverty. Their only re- sources are hunting and fishing, and for the last few years both of thèse hâve completely failed. The soil might be cultivated, but the inhabitants hâve not the necessary im- plements,_ nor the means to purchase them. 18 On the Island of Anticosti, within an extent of about three hundrcd miles, there are eight or ten posis to be visited by the missionary priest during the nionths of June, July and August. The poverty of the people hère is still greater. There is no chapel at ail ; and, on the 4th of last November, when ail communication with the island and the mainland ceased for a period of five or six months, the poor missionary was obliged to leave quite a number of families in the greatest distress, separated, as it were, from the en- tire world. What his feelings were cannot be described, any more than thehardships, the dangers and the privations to which he is constantly exposed. This, the most extensive mission in the Province, belongs to the diocèse of Rimouski, which is the poorest of ail diocèses, and one in which every- thing lias yet to be done, without either means or help to do it. Please excuse the length of this letter. My object in giving you so many détails is to excite your interest in favor of thèse poor, far distant missions. I hâve the honor of being acquainted with your Révérend Mother Assistant General whom 1 had the pleasure of meeting at St. Roch's Convent in last October, and to whom I made known my intention of apply ingto the " Holy Tabernacle Association." The Révérend Lady was kind enough to encourage me, and to promise me lier assistance ; so, for ail référence, you will please apply to her whose name is so high a recommen- dation for me. The missionary for whom I am soliciting aid is my son. Ile could not do so himself this year, as there will be no means whatever of communication. during the whole winter, and his letter would only reach you in spring when it would be too late, I thought I would apply for him, relying on the pis^tection of the very Révérend Mother Assistant. Believe, me, Révérend Madam, Very respectfully yours, To work then, once more, generous friends of Him who dwells within our Tabernacles ! To work with renewed ardor ! Increase your gifts ! Redouble your activity ! Let consolation and joy go forth from our dear Association to ail those that need them : and let us strive to obtain new 19 members and new laborers with whom we may share the happiness, as well as the spiritual riches, of our cherished work. We subjoin, for the information of ail, the following détails, which give the object, the means, and the advan- tages of tho (i Holy Tabernacle Association." lst. Gentlemen as well as Ladies are received as mem- bers of this Association. Children also, and it will be found an effectuai means of drawing down upon them the choicest blessings of Heaven, 2nd. Ticket of Admission to the Holy Tabernacle Asso- ciation. Established in Canada by His Lordship the Right Révérend I. Bourget, Bishop of Montréal, under the spécial patronage of our Lady of Fil y. In réparation of the outrages Our Lord and Savior received during His Passion, and of those Hedaily receives in the Holy Sacrament of our Altars. Annual contribution of each member, 50 cents. lo. The spécial object of this Society is to assist the Churches and poor Missions, by prosuring for them the linen, vestments, &c, &c, &c, according to the funds of the Society. 2o. The funds of the Society are lo. The annual contri- butions of each member, 2s. 6d. 2o. Whatever resources the zeal and industry of each member may offer. 3o. G-eneral alms. Besides thèse, the Society will gratefully receive any article that may be utilized aud made serviceable. for Chur- ches. 3o. The Church of Our Lady of Pity in Montréal is the centre of this Association ; and to become a member of it, the name of the person admitted most be inscribed on the Registry which is kept in the Community of the Congré- gation de Notre-Dame, and, from there, receive a Ticket of Admission. 4o. To honor Our Lord's présence in the Holy Sacra- ment, and in remembrance of the Dolors of the Blessed Virgin, the associâtes will, each hour during the day, say : 11 Praise, Love, and Adoration be given to Jésus in the Holy Sacrament. Holy Mary Mother of sorrows, pray for us." 20 5o. The lst and 3rd Friday of each month, the work room in thc basemcnt ef the Chapel of Our Lady of Pity, will be open to the Lady meinbers of the Society, who can there assemble and dévote a part of their time to assist in inaking the vestmcnts, &c., <fcc, &. To convenience a greater nuniber who may wish to participate in this good and meri- torious work, the door will remain open from 8 to H a. m. and from 1 to 5 p. m., for the above mentioned days. 6o. The Society will each year give a full account of its progress, the gifts received and alms distributed by it to the différent Churches and Missions. The pupils of Religious establishments can hâve the privilège of being members of the Asoociation, provided they, each year, collectively, send to the Society their con- tributions which cannot be less than $10. There is a Mass celebrated in the Church of Our Lady of Pity, every month for the associâtes. 3rd. The donations made by the Association are for the Parish Churches, Chapeîs, &c, and not for the Parish Priests. We beg to call the attention of Parishioners to this, as a strong motive to subscribe to this good work. 4th. We particularly request ail those who receive any- thing from the Association, to let us know of its safe arri- vai, as soon as convenient. 5th. The annual exhibition takes place in the month of June. Due notice of the particular days will be given in the city newspapers. 6th. Ctergymen unable to pay the full value for vest- ments, &c, may give according to their means, and thus help to keep up thc Association. 1434 members hâve been enrolled in our Society. Their contributions hâve amounted to $2600.00, by means of which, we hâve been enabled to corne to the assistance of those whose wants were most pressing. We hâve every reason to hope that our resources will continue to augment, so that we may meet the many demands coming to us from so many places. Dear Associates, let un unité our prayers and good works to obtain this most désirable end. A new favor has just been granted to the " Holy Taber- nacle Association." The following letter from II is Lord- 21 ship Bishop de Segur will explain it. Further détails may be had from the Directress of the Association. May the heavenly grâces so freely offered to us, encour- age us to niake greater efforts to do good. Paris, December 21 st, 1877. « CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION OF ST. FRANCIS OF SALES." SECRETARY GENERAL' S OFFICE, 11, ST. MARY'S PASSAGE, PARIS. To His Lordship The Bishop of Montréal, (Canada). My Lord* In reply to Your Lordship's désire, as well as to that of the worthy Diocesan Director you were kind enough to give us, I .hasten to inform you officially, in the name of the Central Council of the Association that your tl Holy Tabernacle Association'* with its Statutes now forms part of the General Association and that the Six Penny contri- bution is included in the twelve and a half francs paid to poor Churches. The Associates hâve a right to ail the Indulgences, past, présent and future of St. Francis of Sales, provided they say daily, the short prayer with the invocation to the Holy Patron. Wishing Your Lordship and his holy Diocèse, ail the blessings of the Divine Infant and of His Spotless Mother for the coming NewYear. I hâve the honor to be, My Lord, most respectfully and affectionately, Your devoted servant, f L. G. de SEGUR, Canon, Bishop of St. Denis Chapter, Président General of the Association.